Kristi Ann Hunter. An Inconvenient Beauty. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2017.
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An Inconvenient Beauty serves as the much-anticipated conclusion of Ms. Hunter’s Hawthorne House series. Griffith, the Duke of Riverton, is the last of the Hawthorne family to be left unmarried. He has spent his life cultivating a serious and logical persona, along with an equally logical plan to choose a bride. However, he soon discovers that love and logic do not mix. Isabella Breckenridge delayed her debut in order to help save her family’s farm. As a last effort, she promises to help her conniving uncle to fulfill his political ambitions during London’s social season, in exchange for helping to relieve her family’s debts. However, she never expected to attract the attentions of a duke. In spite of their plans, Griffith and Isabella soon find themselves as unintentional partners in several unplanned adventures, defying anything one would expect of an overly-logical duke’s pursuit.
Fans of Ms. Hunter’s Hawthorne House series will be delighted with the conclusion of An Inconvenient Beauty. She creates a fitting novel to encapsulate one of the series’ most anticipated love stories.
Overall, I was absolutely thrilled with An Inconvenient Beauty. While reading the Hawthorne House series, I always wondered how Ms. Hunter would manage to write a fitting love story for Griffith, in part due to his logical and fatherly personality. Somehow, Ms. Hunter manages to far exceed this reader’s expectations for the story, while contributing her unique brand of humor and light writing style to the novels. Altogether, the series has been a wonderful set of books to read, with a highly accessible style that makes it appealing to a wide audience. With such a successful series under Ms. Hunter’s belt, I very much look forward to seeing what she manages to write next, even as she promises that the next series will build off of at least one of this series’ favorite characters.
Readers who enjoy An Inconvenient Beauty will definitely want to read Ms. Hunter’s other stories in the Hawthorne House series. Fans of Julie Klassen, Lori Wick, and Carolyn Miller, as well as other Christian Regency-era fiction, will also find Ms. Hunter’s novels to be a worthwhile read.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for the advanced copy of An Inconvenient Beauty!
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